After news broke today that the FBI failed to follow their own protocol after a January 5, 2018 complaint about the accused Florida school shooter, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) has called for the resignation of FBI Director Christopher Wray.
As RedState reported earlier, the FBI had received a call that Nikolas Cruz had the potential of “conducting a school shooting,” including “information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts.”
FBI protocol called for this report to be “assessed as a potential threat to life,” and forwarded to the Miami field office. This was not done.
Wray released a statement that they were in the process of investigating what went wrong, and why the protocols were not followed. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has already criticized this internal investigation as insufficient and called for immediate Congressional investigations.
“The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,” said Scott in a statement, rejecting Wray’s apology as inadequate:
Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it. An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain. The families will spend a lifetime wondering how this could happen, and an apology will never give them the answers they desperately need.
The FBI’s failure to act, continued Scott, was so egregious that Wray must resign:
We constantly promote “see something, say something,” and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. “See something, say something” is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI Director needs to resign.
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